Book ID: 28975 Memoirs of a Southern Woman, "Within the Lines" and a Genealogical Record. MARY POLK BRANCH.
Memoirs of a Southern Woman, "Within the Lines" and a Genealogical Record.

"Within the Lines" with a Southern Matron

Memoirs of a Southern Woman, "Within the Lines" and a Genealogical Record.

Place and Imprint: Chicago: Joseph G. Branch Publishing Co., (1912).
Edition: First edition.
Condition: First signature loosening; boards a little spotted and worn; very good copy.
Book ID: 28975

Physical Description

8vo, original green cloth spine, gray pictorial paper boards. Frontis portrait and ten illustrations.

Comments

An uncommon memoir by Mary Polk Branch, about her life in Middle Tennessee (specifically Columbia and its environs) in the years leading up to the Civil War and immediately afterward. Her immediate family and inlaws were well connected, wealthy Southerners and had numerous properties (i.e., plantations) throughout the South. Among their family members were President James K. Polk, and Confederate Generals Lucius E. Polk, Leonidas Polk (the "Fighting Bishop") and Lawrence Branch. The memoir is followed by a genealogy of her family, with brief biographies. Presentation copy: Inscribed twice on the front free endpaper "To Captain P. W. Thompson with Compliments of Joseph Branch, Chicago, June 15/12" and below that "To [?] R. Branch Compliments of Capt. P. W. Thompson." Joseph Branch, a publisher in Chicago of electrical engineering texts, was Mary Polk Branch's son, and on two occasions published works that romanticized the old South and Southern ways, including slavery.

Price: $275.00

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